Toronto. In one of their reports, Canadian media, citing sources in the Canadian government, said that allegations of India’s involvement in the killing of a Sikh separatist leader were based on humanitarian and intelligence information and classified information received from a partner country in Ottawa. ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence network. India and Canada are at loggerheads over the killing of Khalistani separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijja.
Controversy erupted after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged the ‘possible’ involvement of Indian agents in the June 18 killing of Nijja in British Columbia, Canada. India on Tuesday dismissed Canada’s allegations as “absurd” and “baseless” and expelled an Indian official in the case in retaliation for Canada expelling a senior Canadian diplomat.
CBC News, a unit of the ‘Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’, reported on Thursday, citing sources, that the Canadian government had gathered human and intelligence information in its months-long investigation into the killing of a Sikh man. According to sources related to the Canadian government, this intelligence includes conversations between Indian ambassadors in Canada and Indian officials.
Canada is a member of the ‘Five Eyes’
According to the report, the intelligence did not only come from Canada, some of it came from an unidentified associate of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence network. The ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence network includes Canada, America, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. The report claimed that the political crisis was quickly unfolding behind the scenes. Canadian officials have visited India several times and sought cooperation in the investigation of the Nijjar murder case.
Trudeau and PM Modi met at the G20
It said Canada’s national security and intelligence adviser, Jody Thomas, was in India for more than four days in mid-August. Then he was in India for five days in September. The last visit coincided with a tense meeting between Prime Minister Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Canadian sources say that when pressed behind closed doors, no Indian official denied the explosive allegations,” the report said. The case alleges that there is evidence of the Indian government’s involvement in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil. taken
What did India say about diplomats?
Relations between India and Canada have been strained for the past few months in the wake of growing pro-Khalistan activism in the North American country. India believes that the Trudeau government is not paying attention to its genuine concerns. India has also asked Canada to reduce the number of its diplomatic personnel in the country (India). To this end, New Delhi argued that the number of Canadian diplomatic personnel in India is greater than the existing Indian diplomatic personnel in Canada and that there should be parity in strength and rank in terms of mutual presence.
Asked about the intelligence report, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said it could jeopardize the investigation and Canada’s obligations to its Five Eyes partners. “This partnership will depend on that confidential conversation,” he told the CBC News Network Asked if Canada was considering retaliating by suspending the visa process for Indian visitors, Freeland said the government would try to bring the killers to justice. Will focus on bringing him to justice
The Canadian government has not released its evidence.
“This is not about geopolitics,” he said. This is about protecting Canada and Canadians in Canada. It’s about the rule of law.” Canada’s Emergency Preparedness Minister Harjit Sajjan said Prime Minister Trudeau publicly accused India of Nijja’s killing because he knew the matter was going to be exposed in the media.
Sajjan, the Liberal Party member of parliament for Vancouver South, said the investigation into Nijja’s death is still ongoing, but Trudeau wants to make sure Canadians get the “correct information.” He said that it has been decided to bring it to the public after discussing with the concerned organization before the investigation is over.
Take necessary action: Trudeau
“We are a country governed by the rule of law,” said Trudeau, who arrived in New York to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly. We will continue to take the necessary steps to keep Canadians safe and uphold our values and the international rules-based order. This is our focus at the moment.
There is no doubt that India is growing in importance: Trudeau
“There is no doubt that India is growing in importance and is a country that we need to continue to work with, not just regionally, but globally,” Trudeau said. “We don’t want to provoke or create trouble, but we are clear about the importance of the rule of law and the importance of the safety of Canadians.”
What did America say?
The United States on Thursday said it supports Canada’s efforts to investigate India’s alleged involvement in the killing of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada. However, the US has neither confirmed nor denied that the country is an ally of the Five Eyes network that provided the intelligence. US National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan said that the US is in constant communication with Canada on this issue.
Rejected speculation of differences between America and Canada
“I’m not going to get into the details of individual diplomatic conversations, but we are in constant contact with our Canadian counterpart,” Sullivan said in response to a question. We are consulting them closely. We support their efforts in this investigation and we are also in contact with the Government of India.” Sullivan “unequivocally” rejected speculation of differences between the US and Canada on the issue.